Top Texas LB/RB Will Definitely Visit Duke

With both of their feature backs moving on after this season, there is a clear need for the Blue Devils to bolster their depth chart at the running back position. One of the prospects Duke may have the early inside track on hails from Hebron High School in Lewisville, TX.

"So far I have offers from Duke and Kansas," says 6-foot-0, 205 pound Tim Ball. "I know I want to visit those two, and I'm also getting calls from schools like Northwestern, TCU, Tulsa, Southern Methodist, Tulane, Utah, and Iowa State."

Ball's stock has steadily been on the rise since the spring when he ran a 4.44 forty at the Nike Camp held in College Station, TX. That speed has helped him become one of Hebron's biggest threats on both sides of the ball. Defensively he's averaging nearly 10 tackles per contest as the Hawks' middle linebacker. Offensively he's a fearless runner who can run around or over would be tacklers, to the tune of nearly 8 yards per carry.

Most of the schools on his list are recruiting him as a running back, though it really doesn't matter much to Ball.

"I like playing on both sides, and I think my strengths on the field allow me to play both ways, but most of the coaches are recruiting me as a running back. That's ok with me. I love carrying the ball and getting first downs to help the team win."

After the strong spring performance, Ball worked on his game while attending camps in the heart of Big 12 country including stops at Texas, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M. There he learned some fundamentals pertaining to the linebacker position.

Off the field Ball is able to bench press 185 pounds 18 times, while completing the 20-yard shuttle run in 4.18 seconds.

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